It would be dishonest to say that the outcome of the Chequers summit on Friday evening came as a surprise. To any careful observer of the antics of the Conservative Party since David Cameron toppled from power in summer 2016, it was obvious there was little hunger to implement a meaningful Brexit and Theresa May has continually shown vacillating weakness. And now all is finally revealed!
Here is the grim reality of what Brexit has been reduced to and this has been accepted by the full cabinet, including all the so-called “Brexiteers”.
- a UK-EU free trade area which establishes a “common rule book” for industrial goods and agricultural products. The common rule book means that we are now fully aligned with the EU and that any future divergence carries the prospect of ‘severe consequences”. Since we are now aligned with the EU that means the prospect of a free trade deal with the US has receded to the realms of impossibility since the US has different standards for industrial goods and agri-food.
- UK and EU citizens can continue to travel to each other’s territories, and apply for study and work. No visas required. Borders to the EU will therfore remain effectively open and the number one reason given by voteres FOR supporting Brexit – taking back control of borders – is essentiallyundone.
- The UK becomes a rule taker for the EU, but without any influence over the EU. This is the dawning of the vassal state that some have prophecied.
Respected commetators are stating that this is a huge win for the ‘Remain” lobby and a crushing defeat for the Brexiteers. However that is not quite right because the alleged “Brexiteers” around the Cabinet table have all capitulated to May’s mediocre Brexit – or B.R.I.N.O. (Brexit in name only) Giving up without a fight is not a defeat, it is a surrender. In doing so they reinforce the long standing suspicion that they are career politicians not principled men and women. The likes of the C.B.I. – ardent cheerleaders for the EU – have immediately rowed in to support the Cabinet decision. The stench of Remain is all over this.
It is my view that the EU will also grudgingly accept the so-called deal as it allows them to have show the other Nation states that they have humbled the UK, brought us to our knees, and made us beg to stay. The Prime Minister is understood to have provided an insight into the document to Angela Merkel BEFORE she showed it to her own cabinet. I am confident that this was to gain some sort of demure approval – although it is possible that the EU might choose to weaken things even more. The soft Brexit we do not want could yet become even softer, and Boris Johnson and the gang will go along with it.
June 23rd 2016 was the day the people of the UK voted to LEAVE the EU in the single biggest expression of our will in British history. On July 6th 2018, that decision has been neutralised and the prospect of a meaningful Brexit obliterated. Patently democracy has been exposed as an utter sham. The Conservative cabinet is stuffed with quislings. The majority are betrayed.
So where to now? Well, there remains the remote outside chance that enough back benchers might move to force a leadership challenge. I don’t think this will happen. Our choice is now between a soft Remain and a hard Remain, the rest is detail. The deeper question is if we cannot make democracy work, and the past two years have proven that is pretty much the case, then we must take a cold hard look at whether politics can ever be made to work. I am increasingly of the view that the system is constructed to ensure it only works for the political class. It is now time the people mobilised. I can think of 17.4 million good reasons why this is our last chance.